Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

More documents released on NSA spying

More documents released on NSA spying

The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program. The declassification came after the Justice Department complied with a federal […]

Senate committee votes to continue NSA mass spying

Senate committee votes to continue NSA mass spying

The Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would tighten controls on the government’s sweeping electronic eavesdropping programs but allow them to continue. In a classified hearing, the panel voted 11-4 for a measure that puts new limits on what intelligence agencies can do with bulk communications records and imposes a five-year limit on […]

High court review of Obama’s surveillance law coming?

High court review of Obama’s surveillance law coming?

The Justice Department says for the first time that it intends to use information gained from one of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs against an accused terrorist, setting the stage for a likely Supreme Court test of the Obama administration’s approach to national security. The high court so far has turned aside challenges […]

Secret court reauthorizes spying on Americans

Secret court reauthorizes spying on Americans

The authority used by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence monitor telephone conversations as part of a program to spy on Americans expired Friday. No problem.  Under orders from the Obama administration, the program simply instructed the secret court that allows such invasion of the rights of Americans to reauthorize the classified program […]

Obama lies, downplays impact of government spying on Americans

Obama lies, downplays impact of government spying on Americans

President Barack Obama, lying outright in an televised interview on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Monday,  claimed the U.S. is spying only on foreign citizens. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Obama said “if you’re a U.S. person, then NSA is not listening to your phone calls and it’s not targeting your emails” but records […]

Invasion of privacy lawsuits usually a long-shot

Invasion of privacy lawsuits usually a long-shot

Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein — a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing U.S. spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants. Klein’s allegations and the news reports about them launched dozens of consumer lawsuits in early […]

Judge: Bush broke law with illegal wiretaps

Judge: Bush broke law with illegal wiretaps

In a repudiation of the Bush administration‘s now-defunct Terrorist Surveillance Program, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show “they were subjected to warrantless […]